Ramana Nanda

Professor of Business Administration

Ramana Nanda is a Professor of Business Administration in the Entrepreneurial Management unit at Harvard Business School, where he teaches Entrepreneurial Finance in the second year of the MBA program and in HBS executive education offerings. He studies financing frictions facing new ventures, with an aim to shed light on the ways in which financial intermediaries, corporate R&D and policy makers can improve the odds of selecting and commercializing the most promising ideas in the economy.

Ramana is a Research Associate in the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at the NBER, and a Faculty Affiliate at the SME Initiative of Innovations for Poverty Action.  At Harvard University, he is a Faculty Affiliate of both the Center for International Development and the Center for the Environment.  He received his Ph.D. from MIT's Sloan School of Management and has a BA and MA in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge, U.K. He is a recipient of the 2010 Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research and the 2015 Kauffman Prize Medal, that is awarded annually to one scholar under age 40 whose research has made a significant contribution to the literature in entrepreneurship.

Prior to starting his Ph.D., Ramana was based in the London and New York offices of Oliver, Wyman & Company, where he worked primarily with clients in global capital markets as well as in small-business banking.  He continues to advise startup ventures on their financing strategies and also works with philanthropic investors who use market-based solutions to address poverty and promote entrepreneurship in developing countries.

Ramana Nanda is a Professor of Business Administration in the Entrepreneurial Management unit at Harvard Business School, where he teaches Entrepreneurial Finance in the second year of the MBA program and in HBS executive education offerings. He studies financing frictions facing new ventures, with an aim to shed light on the ways in which financial intermediaries, corporate R&D and policy makers can improve the odds of selecting and commercializing the most promising ideas in the economy.

Ramana is a Research Associate in the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at the NBER, and a Faculty Affiliate at the SME Initiative of Innovations for Poverty Action.  At Harvard University, he is a Faculty Affiliate of both the Center for International Development and the Center for the Environment.  He received his Ph.D. from MIT's Sloan School of Management and has a BA and MA in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge, U.K. He is a recipient of the 2010 Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research and the 2015 Kauffman Prize Medal, that is awarded annually to one scholar under age 40 whose research has made a significant contribution to the literature in entrepreneurship.

Prior to starting his Ph.D., Ramana was based in the London and New York offices of Oliver, Wyman & Company, where he worked primarily with clients in global capital markets as well as in small-business banking.  He continues to advise startup ventures on their financing strategies and also works with philanthropic investors who use market-based solutions to address poverty and promote entrepreneurship in developing countries.

  1. Winner of the 2015 Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship, awarded annually to one scholar under age 40 whose research has made a significant contribution to the literature in entrepreneurship.

  2. Won 2012 World Finance Conference Best Paper for "Investment Cycles and Startup Innovation" with Matthew Rhodes-Kropf.

  3. Awarded the 2009-2010 Kauffman Foundation Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research.

  4. Received the 2005-2006 Kauffman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Award.

  5. Awarded a GBI-Stern Aspen Foundation Grant in 2004 for research on the Indian software industry.